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    School Opening Plan and Protocols for School Year 2020-2021
    July 14, 2020 10:45 AM
    Letter from the Superintendent - English Letter - Spanish Letter

    July 14, 2020

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    On July 13, 2020, school district superintendents throughout the county met with Dr. Julie Vaishampayan, Stanislaus County Public Health Officer. Dr. Vaishampayan provided an update on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and recent community spread, and determined the guidelines for K-12 education moving forward.

    The following determinations were made by Dr. Vaishampayan:

    • Schools should open in August with a Distance Learning Model
    • All conditioning for fall sports are suspended until further notice
    • Extracurricular activities (i.e. band, sports, theater/drama, etc.) are also suspended until further notice

    Widespread community transmission has forced us to make the difficult decision to delay the return of our children to school classrooms. This announcement represents a significant disappointment for our teachers, administrators and support staff, who were looking forward to welcoming students back in August.

    I realize you are all facing both personal and professional challenges with the COVID situation, and I am asking all of our staff to help guide our students and families through the uncertainty we are facing over the next several months. We are in the process of setting up individual meetings with parents and students to ready our families for our new distance learning guidelines. During the meetings, you will be able to meet with the classroom teacher and/or administration to receive your device and information on how to access the curriculum and the live interactive instructional meetings.

    SUSD continues to remain focused on protecting the health and safety of our students, parents and staff.  In the future, once State and Public Health Officials begin to identify a downward trend in hospitalizations and confirmed cases of COVID infections, schools may start to reopen in a phased approach.

    It is important that we do our part to reduce the spread of the disease in our community. Thank you for your continued understanding as we navigate this uncertain situation. Stay safe in the community.

    Sincerely,

    Twila Tosh
    Superintendent

     


    School Opening Plan and Protocols for School Year 2020-2021
    June 11, 2020
    Letter from the Superintendent

    In a coordinated effort with all school districts in Stanislaus County and the Stanislaus County Health Officer, we are pleased to announce that Salida schools are planning on a traditional opening on August 12, 2020. All schools will have significant virus-related protocols in place to help create the safest environment possible for our students, staff, and community. Physical distancing will be practiced where possible.

    Any family that is uncomfortable with a traditional opening will be offered Independent Study. Students who choose Independent Study will receive instruction closely aligned to that of students in the traditional education setting. Parents that choose Independent Study will be able to contact their home school for scheduling effective July 27, 2020.

    All schools will utilize established methods of communication and organization for students physically returning to school. The community can look for communication on opening procedures from their respective school site in the coming weeks. Provided below are some of the specific protocols that will be in place effective August 12, 2020. The listed protocols are not inclusive of all Salida schools safety actions but are provided to give the community a general sense of what schools will have in place.

    General Guidelines

    • If you are sick, please stay home. Parents should begin the practice of taking student temperatures daily. Anyone with a fever of 100.4 F or higher should not go to a school site.
    • All students and staff will be encouraged to wash/clean their hands regularly.
    • The wearing of masks is encouraged. Students should plan to bring their own masks. However, in the event they do not have one, one will be provided.
    • Staff at all school sites will be conducting daily temperature checks for students and staff.
    • Each school site will have a separate quarantine room for any student displaying symptoms of the virus.
    • If any student is confirmed to have the virus the entire school community will be notified and the County Health Officer will direct next steps for that respective student population.
    • Schools will follow disinfection guidelines developed by Stanislaus County Public Health for classrooms, workspaces, outdoor spaces, and playgrounds, etc.

    Classroom Protocols

    • Desks will be spaced to allow maximum space available between students and staff to minimize risk of exposure.
    • Handwashing stations with soap and/or hand sanitizer will be made available in all instructional areas.
    • Classroom entry/exit routines will be established to support physical distancing.
    • Student device keyboards, screens, and mice will be wiped clean by each student at the end of their use on each school day. This will be the end of the day for 1st through 5th grade classrooms where devices are assigned to a specific student for the entire school day.
    • Tissues will be available within each classroom. Any student displaying signs of sickness will be immediately referred to the school site nursing station for assessment.

    Transportation Protocols

    • All bus routes are continuously evaluated for maximum efficiency.
    • Students will be required to sanitize their hands upon entering the bus and will be required to wear a face mask while on the bus.
    • Physical distancing will be utilized when possible.

    Cafeteria Protocols

    • Lunchtime schedules will be staggered to reduce the number of students being served at one time.
    • Tables will be available both inside and outside, including classrooms.
    • Students will maintain physical distancing while eating.

    Restroom Protocols

    • Scheduled breaks will be developed to support physical distancing.
    • All restrooms will be routinely checked by staff for cleanliness, sanitation and appropriate supplies.
    • Students will be frequently reminded to wash their hands.

    Recess Protocols

    • Students will be reminded of physical distance practices.
    • Use of balls and equipment will be evaluated for use on August 12, 2020.
    • All students will be required to sanitize hands before reentry into the classroom.

    Choir/Band/Drama Protocols

    • Instruction in these areas will be classroom-based instruction and not practical, until it is determined by the County Health Officer that they are safe.
    • Performances and competitions are suspended until it is determined by the County Health Officer that participation is safe.
    • Strings/Percussion will continue with sanitization of instruments at the end of each session.
    • Physical distancing will be maintained during instruction.

    Physical Education Protocols

    • Students at the middle school will take roll outside the locker room and will not be required to dress out.
    • When it has been determined by the County Health Officer that it is safe to utilize locker rooms, students at the middle school will be/required to sanitize their hands before entering the locker room.
    • Showers at the middle school will not be allowed until the County Health Officer rules them safe.
    • Social distancing will be maintained during indoor and outdoor activities for all students participating in physical education.

    Athletic Sport Protocols

    • At this time, all organized team activities have been suspended until June 15, 2020.
    • Effective June 15, organized team activities can occur with the following protocols:
      • The team activities must be conditioning and skill-based only.
      • No equipment may be used.
      • All activities must be done outside.
      • Social distancing will be followed where practical and possible.
      • Athletes are to come dressed for the activities. No locker room will be available at this time.
      • Athletes must not be in groups greater than 25 per coach.
    • In the coming weeks, both the County Health Officer and the California Interscholastic Federation will make a determination of the sports that can be safely played this fall.

    Before and After School Program Protocols

    • Before and after school programs will be offered and will follow the same safety procedures as the regular school day.

    Extra-Curricular Activity Protocols

    • All extra-curricular activities related to the 2020-21 school year will be suspended until the County Health Officer deems them safe.
    • Assemblies, rallies, field-trips and any school-wide gatherings are not permitted.
    • Mass gatherings of any kind are not permitted.

    Community Protocols

    • No outside or parent classroom volunteers will be allowed until the County Health Officer approves their participation.
    • Use of school facilities by outside entities will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Use of outside space may be permitted. Use of indoor facilities will largely depend on the entities proven ability to sanitize the facility after use.

    This communication is meant to provide initial guidance as we progress through the summer. Again, this plan has been developed in accordance with County Public Health Officer and the other school districts of Stanislaus County. It is clearly understood that the state of California could issue a mandate that would supersede this plan.

    Stay safe and expect further communication from your respective school site as we move later into July.

    Sincerely,
    Twila Tosh, Superintendent

     School Year Planning Guide - English / Spanish


    COVID-19 UPDATE April 1, 2020 3:50 PM

    Letter from the Superintendent - English Letter- Spanish Letter

    Dear Parents, Guardians, and Staff,

    I hope that you and your loved ones are safe, healthy, and weathering this crisis as well as possible under these circumstances.

    Originally it was shared with you that the earliest students would return to school would be May 4. We now have further guidance and directives from State Superintendent of Instruction Tony Thurmond and Governor Gavin Newsom to keep schools closed through the end of the current school year.

    With this new information and an abundance of caution, the Stanislaus County Office of Education and school district superintendents are taking a safety-first approach and immediate action to extend the school facility closures through the end of the school year. We want you to understand that the 2019-20 school year is not over; it has just transitioned from classroom instruction into distance learning. Distance learning is taking place in different ways throughout our county, and we encourage you to contact your student's teachers and administrators for confirmation of specific plans. Distance learning can look different for each school and each district, and a student's ability to learn in an independent study model has to be assessed. We ask for patience and understanding as we are all quickly transition into a new way of teaching and learning to meet the health and safety impacts of COVID-19. It is challenging for many educators and our families to learn and communicate in a very new world, but working together, we can and will meet this challenge.

    I am proud to see staff working collaboratively and diligently to engage with students and parents via phone, email, and learning software.  It is important for students to stay connected and feel supported as we continue with valuable learning. 

    Salida Union School District staff will continue to:

    • Provide breakfast and lunch meals for students 
    • Assist with school enrollment for 2020-2021 school year and other office duties
    • Update website with additional resources and materials to support parents
      (Please visit the www.salida.k12.ca.us/COVID-19 for important and helpful resources)
    • Provide families with information regarding continued distance learning instruction

    Please keep in mind that all of us as parents, teachers, district staff, administrators, and community members are facing these challenging times together. We have elderly relatives to worry about; we are caring for our children at home, while many of us, including our teachers, are working from home. We understand that some families are facing challenging employment situations and business slowdowns that are affecting people financially and emotionally.  Families can find an extensive list of community resources on our district webpage to assist in these difficult times.

    We recognize that the extension of school facility closures and implementation of social distancing practices has created challenges and hardship to many families in Stanislaus County, we also know this is the most effective way to slow and disrupt the transmission of this pandemic. We appreciate everyone's hard work, effort, and positive attitude, as we adjust to this situation with the best interests of all students in mind.

    Please be safe out in the community and take care of one another.

    Sincerely,

    Twila Tosh
    Superintendent


    COVID-19 UPDATE April 1, 2020 10:50 AM

    Good Morning, Salida Families:

    Schools across California are closed to protect students and their families by preventing the spread of COVID-19.

    Salida School District will continue to provide meals to our students.  The meal distribution times will change beginning tomorrow, Thursday, April 2nd.  Distribution will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. daily.   Each site will have a breakfast and lunch bag available for all students under the age of 18.

    We will also continue to provide extended learning opportunities for your children.  All 1st through 5th grade students will be given the opportunity to either pick up a Chromebook or learning packet.  Because the distribution of Chromebooks will take some time, we will contact you with a date and time to pick up your device or learning packet by April 15th.

    Please continue to visit our website at www.salida.k12.ca.us/covid-19 for updated information and continued learning resources.

    Thank you for your patience and continued support during this difficult time.

    Buenos Días, Familias de Salida:

    Las escuelas en todo California están cerradas para proteger a los estudiantes y sus familias al evitar la propagación de COVID-19.

    El Distrito Escolar de Salida continuará proporcionando comidas a nuestros estudiantes. Los horarios de distribución de comidas cambiarán a partir de mañana jueves 2 de abril. La distribución será de 11:00 a.m. a 1:00 p.m. diario. Cada sitio tendrá una bolsa de desayuno y almuerzo disponible para todos los estudiantes menores de 18 años.

    También continuaremos brindando oportunidades de aprendizaje extendidas para sus hijos. Todos los estudiantes de 1er a 5to grado tendrán la oportunidad de recoger un Chromebook o un paquete de aprendizaje. Debido a que la distribución de Chromebooks llevará algún tiempo, nos pondremos en contacto con usted con una fecha y hora para recoger su dispositivo o paquete de aprendizaje antes del 15 de abril.

    Por favor continúe visitando nuestro sitio web en www.salida.k12.ca.us/covid-19 para obtener información actualizada y recursos de aprendizaje continuo.

    Gracias por su paciencia y apoyo continuo durante este momento difícil.


    COVID-19 UPDATE March 26, 2020 10:00 AM

    Dear Salida School District Families:

    Many areas in California, including Stanislaus County, are experiencing an expanding outbreak of respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19). To prevent further spread of COVID-19, the Stanislaus County Office of Education, in collaboration with the 25 school districts in the county, and the Stanislaus Public Health Department, is announcing that school closures are extending through May 3, 2020. Students will return to school on May 4.

    We recognize the significant impact extending school closure will have on our entire community, students, families, and staff. This is unprecedented. We also recognize the burden this will place on our staff and working families.  This is a challenging time for our community and we are committed to working together in the best interest of our students and staff.  Family Resources have been added to the district website at www.salida.k12.ca.us/covid-19  that address general information about the closures, meals for students, and distance learning.

    We will be updating you with more information next week.  We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work together to navigate through these times.

    Letter from the Superintendent to Staff and Families-English Spanish


    COVID-19 UPDATE March 18, 2020 2:00 PM

    Dear Salida Families and Guardians:

    During the school closure, Salida Union School District will be providing learning opportunities for our students to continue in their education while at home.

    For Kindergarten through 5th grade, learning packets will be sent home with all students that are in attendance on Wednesday.  For students that are not in attendance, parents may pick up the packets at our sites during breakfast and lunch distributions.  Each site will be distributing food and learning packets between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. and 11:00am to Noon Monday through Friday.  There will be no distributions during Spring Break.

    Salida Middle School will provide opportunities for distance learning.  Information and links will be pushed out to students through Google Classroom and/or student school email accounts.

    All information will be posted on school websites.  Our District Office and School Site Offices will remain open on March 19 and 20, closed during Spring Break (March 23-March 27), and reopening on March 30.

    We will continue to make every effort to communicate and update information in a timely fashion. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work together through this difficult and uncertain time. 

    Sincerely,

    Twila Tosh
    Superintendent 
    Salida Union School District


    COVID-19 UPDATE March 17, 2020 4:30 PM

    Good Afternoon Salida Families:

    During the school closure, Salida Union School District will be providing learning opportunities for our students to continue in their education while at home.

    For Kindergarten through 5th grade, learning packets will be sent home with all students that are in attendance on Wednesday.  For students that are not in attendance, parents may pick up the packets at our sites during breakfast and lunch distributions.  

    Each site will be distributing food and learning packets between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. to Noon Monday through Friday.  There will be no distributions during Spring Break.

    Salida Middle School will provide opportunities for distance learning.  Information and links will be pushed out to students through Google Classroom and/or student school email accounts.

    All information will be posted on school websites.  Our District Office and School Site Offices will remain open on March 19 and 20, closed during Spring Break (March 23-March 27), and reopening on March 30.

    Please continue to visit our website at www.salida.k12.ca.us for updated information on the school closures.

     


    COVID-19 UPDATE March 16, 2020 4:30 PM

    Dear Salida Families:

    Salida Union schools will be suspended effective Thursday, March 19, 2020 through April 5, 2020.  You will be notified in the event that schools remain suspended beyond this time frame.

    By closing on Thursday, this gives our families who need it, time to make arrangements for childcare. However, if the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in our County increases between now and this Wednesday, we will close our schools earlier.

    During the closure, Salida Union School District will continue to provide much-needed nutrition services to our families with “brown bag” breakfast and lunch pick-ups at each school. We will provide the distribution schedule early this week.

    We understand the concerns and many opinions that are circulating about COVID-19, we are taking responsibility to act in the best interests of our students and staff.  Please continue to check our website at www.salida.k12.ca.us for updated information.